Manafort Has 3 Passports, Traveled To China And Mexico Under Fake Name: Report
A new court filing has revealed that Former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has three US passports, each under a different number and has submitted 10 passport applications in roughly as many years, CNN reported Tuesday.
Prosecutors also say that Manafort traveled to Mexico, China and Ecuador with a phone and email account registered under a fake name —the name was not disclosed in the filings, according to the report.
Manafort and his associate Rick Gates face the first indictments from Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Because both men appeared to be avid travelers and faced charges for serious crimes related to their activities abroad, the judge ordered that they should be held under house arrest.
The document also shows what Manafort and Gates told banks and investigators about their net worths and travel histories over the past few years.
Among the highlights published by CNN:
• Both Manafort and Gates were frequent travelers to Cyprus. “Extensive travel of this nature further evidences a risk of flight,” the prosecutor’s filing said.• Over the past year, Manafort traveled to Dubai, Cancun, Panama City, Havana, Shanghai, Madrid, Tokyo and Grand Cayman Island.
• Manafort wrote on loan applications and other financial documents that his assets were worth between $19 million in April 2012 and $136 million in May 2016.
• In some months, like while he served as Trump’s national campaign chairman in August 2016, Manafort’s assessment of his total worth fluctuated. In August 2016 he said his assets were worth $28 million, then wrote he had $63 million in assets on a different application.
• Gates “frequently changed banks and opened and closed bank accounts,” prosecutors said. In all, Gates opened 55 accounts with 13 financial institutions, the prosecutors’ court filing said.
Both men are scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon. They face sentences of more than 10 years if convicted on all charges. Both say they’re not guilty.